Simpson University to Host Lions Club All-Star Basketball Games

For Immediate Release


Media contact: Jim Reimer,, 530-229-0029

REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University will host the Redding Breakfast Lions Club’s 22nd annual boys and girls high school All-Star basketball games on Sunday, April 2. The university is located at 2211 College View Drive.

Sixty athletes from throughout far Northern California will participate under the guidance of four volunteer coaches. Girls play at 4 p.m.; boys play at 6. Admission is a $6 donation, and children under 8 are free.

Half-time of each game will include a 3-point shootout among parents of team members. Proceeds from food sales will go to Special Olympics Northern California.

The Redding Breakfast Lions Club began the tournament in 1996 as a way to promote sports and activity for youth in the community.

This year, the 31 boys and 29 girls, who are divided into two teams each—North and South—will be coached by Jim Widby from Modoc High School, Jim Deaver from Enterprise High School, Jana Parker from Foothill High School, and Steve Shuster from University Preparatory School.

“Both games promise an exciting afternoon of top-notch high-school basketball,” said Lions Club member Guy Piche, one of the volunteers who organizes the event. “Both the girls and boys teams are filled with talented stars from all over the North State.”

Area high school athletic directors and coaches nominate players for the All-Star teams. A Lions Club committee sorts through the nominations and works with the volunteer coaches to form the teams.

Team members and their high schools are as follows:

Girls North (Coach Jana Parker, Foothill)

  • Jamie Heller, Shasta
  • Kylee Britton, Modoc
  • Mikeney Frye, Big Valley
  • Tayah Ranney, Central Valley
  • Emily Andrus, Mt. Shasta
  • Sophia Rotchka, Trinity
  • Hannah Edwards, Foothill
  • Keely Tuggle, Shasta
  • Grace Duerr, Etna
  • Sophie Martin, Shasta
  • Kaycik Tidwell, Yreka
  • Jordan Martinez, Foothill
  • Sammi Benedict, Mt. Shasta
  • Rachell Michelon, Weed

Girls South (Coach Steve Shuster, U-Prep)

  • Theresa Miller, Chester
  • Joyce Ogen, Burney
  • Laci Denny, Fall River
  • Paige Reed, Chester
  • Allison Hill, Orland
  • Sophia Alltemus, U-Prep
  • Meagan Briggs, Enterprise
  • Claire Williamson, Redding Christian
  • Lexi Pritchard, Red Bluff
  • Gabrielle Patton, Hayfork
  • Mari Fernandez, U-Prep
  • Allyson Drury, Red Bluff
  • Kasity Watkins, West Valley
  • Sidney Jurin, U-Prep
  • Aileen Flynn, Orland

Boys North (Coach Jim Widby, Modoc)

  • Damien Trunkey, Trinity
  • Payton Dickinson, Etna
  • Bryce Gincomelli, Shasta
  • Daren Gonzalez, Modoc
  • Valar Radie, Central Valley
  • Wyatt Schmitt, Big Valley
  • Collin Martin, Modoc
  • Carter Smith, Foothill
  • Jacob Ragan, Yreka
  • Thairen Sivongsa, Mt. Shasta
  • Mason Fitzmorris, Mt. Shasta
  • Chase Ohm, Big Valley
  • Brandon Gentles, Foothill
  • Denny Jensen, Foothill
  • Kevin Puckett, Dunsmuir
  • Tanner Williams, Shasta

Boys South (Coach Jim Deaver, Enterprise)

  • Kyle Cox, U-Prep
  • Kyle Wood, Los Molinos
  • Ryan Heysell, Anderson
  • Rylee Estes, Burney
  • Mitchell Stahl, Enterprise
  • Marco Tapia, Corning
  • Cade Rainwater, Fall River
  • Justin Vigil, Fall River
  • Marcus Kuchle, Mercy
  • Jake Halderman, Hayfork
  • Joe Spini, Enterprise
  • Payton Edwards, Red Bluff
  • Pim Lewis, West Valley
  • Noah Vickery, Redding Christian
  • Daniel Evans, Orland


The Redding Breakfast Lions Club, which has more than 45 members, supports numerous north state programs and organizations, including vision care, student speaking contests, swim and soccer clubs, YMCA, Flag Day programs, Sober Graduation, Turtle Bay programs, Special Needs Camp, Ronald McDonald Foundation for burn victims, youth literacy, youth violence prevention, diabetes camp, ministries feeding the homeless, Think Pink, Redding police K-9 unit, Christmas and Easter programs, and more.


Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


Contact: SU Public Relations
(530) 226-4737